Wildcats coach wins awardDavidson baseball coach Dick Cooke was one of six recipients of CollegeBaseballInsider.com’s Tom Walter Inspiration Award.In September, Cooke sustained serious injuries, including bleeding in his brain, a collapsed lung and several broken bones, after being rear-ended on Interstate 77. Despite a strenuous rehab regimen and lingering injuries, Cooke returned to the dugout for the 2013 season.“It’s not the recognition you necessarily seek, considering the circumstances, but throughout this process and continuing daily, I have been humbled by the support I have received from everyone here at Davidson College, the town and the baseball community as a whole,” said Cooke in a statement. “I have heard from countless coaches, past teammates and even umpires. Most importantly, an incredible level of thanks is owed to my family, which has done an amazing job trying to maintain a sense of normalcy as I continue to recover.”The award is named after Wake Forest coach Tom Walter, who donated a kidney to a player before the 2011 season.Mbamalu makes college choiceLake Norman Charter center Ezinne Mbamalu committed to play at Winthrop. The 6-foot-2 rising senior averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game last season. Sergio Tovar
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Lake Norman sports briefs: Davidson baseball coach wins award, Ezinne Mbamalu makes college choice
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